Oct 30 2016

Are the foods you’re eating banned in other countries?

Published by at 12:51 pm under Food Additives,GMO's

Are the foods you’re eating banned in other countries?
Know which foods and additives to avoid by looking at the “banned items” list from other countries.

Over the last month, we have looked at the US food supply and what danger lurks unbeknownst to us.   Increasingly, consumers are becoming aware of what unwanted ingredients are in our foods and are acting out by choosing organic natural foods, as opposed to processed, packaged foods. Only when we stop buying these products will food producers consider healthier alternatives. After all, they give the people what they want as they are in the business of making money. As long as the FDA deems ingredients as safe, companies will continue to use them. It is up to us, as consumers, to be aware, read labels, and understand what we are eating. We can’t assume that because food producers are allowed to sell it, it must be ok to consume! *

The microbiome is directly affected when we feed it unnatural ingredients that it doesn’t identify as food. It stores it as fat or our cells try to manufacture it otherwise, resulting in multiple adverse health reactions. While small amounts may not harm you, over time it adds up and this cumulative affect does a number on our guts and our health. The increase in many diseases is thought to be brought on by all the additives, preservatives and chemicals in our diets, which our bodies don’t recognize. *

Did you know there are a number of foods and ingredients that are banned in other countries, yet still allowed in the US? If a country goes so far as to actually ban a food or ingredient, that is reason enough to be concerned as to how unhealthy it might be.1 *

Foods the US allows but other countries have banned include:

  • Processed Foods Containing Artificial Food Colors and Dyes

There are more than 3,000 food additives to include preservatives, colorings, and flavorings added to foods in the US. They can be found in baby foods and many foods targeted towards children. Due to research showing they are toxic and produce negative health effects, including an adverse effect on children’s behavior, they are banned in Norway, Austria the UK, along with most EU countries. The most commonly used dyes in the US are red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and blue 1 and 2. They are found in boxed macaroni and cheese, jell-o, cheddar flavored crackers and many children’s cereals.”…Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that some dyes are also “contaminated with known carcinogens…” (1,2)*

It’s essential to read labels. For example, Kraft, who used to use artificial dyes in their macaroni and cheese in the US, while using natural coloring abroad, has answered the public outcry and now uses natural coloring here in the US too. They rely on annatto, paprika extract and beetroot while the generic counterpart is still using artificial dyes. As long as the FDA allows companies to use them, they will. The brighter colors appeal to consumers, especially children, who are driven by what looks most appealing. (1,2)*

  • Genetically Modified foods (GMOs)

While genetically modified foods are grown in our country and other parts of the world, many countries of the European Union have said no to GMOS They have strict laws against GMOs due to concern for public and environmental health. While all  28 nations require GMO labeling, 19 countries don’t allow them at all. They are: “…Austria, Belgium for the Wallonia region, Britain for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia…” (1,2,3,4)*

“…Mounting research now shows that animals fed genetically engineered foods, such as corn and soy, suffer a wide range of maladies, including intestinal damage, multiple-organ damage, massive tumors, birth defects, premature death, and near complete sterility by the third generation of offspring. Unfortunately, the gigantic human lab experiment is only about 10 years old, so we are likely decades away from tabulating the human casualties…”1*

  • Preservatives BHA and BHT

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are preservatives used to stop foods from going rancid. Both are banned in parts of the EU and Japan, while the UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods. These preservatives, manufactured from petroleum, are commonly used in butter spread, nut mixes, breakfast cereals, gum, dehydrated potatoes, meat and beer, just to name a few. They are “…known to cause cancer in rats, and may be a cancer-causing agent in humans as well…” (1,2)*

“…”According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program’s 2011 Report on Carcinogens, BHA “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It may also trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity, while BHT can cause organ system toxicity…” 1*

Though it is still on the FDA’s GRAS list, it is best to avoid foods containing these preservatives.5*

  • Olestra/Olean

Proctor and Gamble created Olestra, also known as Olean, as a calorie- and cholesterol-free fat substitute. It can be found in fat-free snacks like chips and French fries in the US, but it is banned in the EU,UK and Canada. Named by Time Magazine as “one of the worst 50 inventions ever” it still manages to find its way to our grocery store shelves. As long as consumers believe that “fat-free” snacks are healthier than real food, companies will continue to make products with this ugly ingredient. A 2011 study from Purdue University concluded that “…rats fed potato chips made with Olean gained weight…” and “… there have been several reports of adverse intestinal reactions to the fake fat including diarrhea, cramps and leaky bowels. And because it interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, the FDA requires these vitamins be added to any product made with Olean or olestra.”…” (1,3,6)*

  • Farmed fish…namely, farmed salmon

Farmed salmon are raised on a diet of grains, many of them genetically modified, along with antibiotics and other drugs and chemicals. This unnatural diet leaves the flesh of the salmon a grayish color, so farmers then add synthetic astaxanthin  (made from petrochemicals) to give it the pale pink color. Synthetic Astaxanthin has not been approved for consumption by humans and has known toxicities. While natural astaxanthin found in fresh sockeye and Alaskan salmon, shrimp, lobster, krill and other seafood, and derived from algae, is a great source of antioxidants, the synthetic version is a different story. There is some research suggesting it can cause damage to your eyesight. Banned in Australia and New Zealand, farmed salmon is still sold in the US. To get healthy fish, avoid farmed fish and look for Wild sockeye or Alaskan salmon instead. Most restaurants serve farm raised salmon, so buyer beware. (1,3,8,9)*

The list continues, and we will continue it next week. Knowing these foods have been a part of our diet for a long time, you may wonder, what have I done to my body? Body Bioticsâ„¢ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortiaâ„¢ helps detox your body of these unwanted chemicals. It corrects the balance of the gut by replenishing it with friendly bacteria, which crowds out the bad. With a proper balance of microbiota, a good organic diet, and proper exercise and water, you can rebalance your gut and help these unrecognized chemicals find their way out of your cells and your body.

Next week we will look at several more ingredients that are banned elsewhere but allowed here.

Healthiest wishes,




  1. http://yournewswire.com/10-common-american-foods-that-are-banned-in-other-countries/
  2. https://www.thestreet.com/story/13202730/1/only-in-america-harmful-food-additives-still-used-in-bread-and-soda.html
  3. http://naturalsociety.com/6-fda-approved-foods-banned-in-other-countries/
  4. http://www.ecowatch.com/its-official-19-european-countries-say-no-to-gmos-1882106434.html
  5. http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm091048.htm
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olestra
  7. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm257540.htm
  8. http://www.naturalnews.com/043855_synthetic_astaxanthin_antioxidants_natural_products_market.html
  9. http://superfoodly.com/natural-astaxanthin-foods-best-high-potency-food-sources/

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